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To support our businesses during the current COVID-19 crisis, and into the recovery phase, Carlisle City Council is providing free access to Open 4 Business. Open4Business is designed to support businesses locate relevant up to date funding opportunities.

The portal is updated regularly with new local, regional and national funding announcements and can be easily searched by businesses on the basis of their industry, region and business size. The portal then provides information on how to apply for funding and contact funders directly. To search for grants for your business you will first need to register on the Open4Business website


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Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund Responds to COVID-19 – Deadline 26 May

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In response to the current difficulties facing museums, the Foundation has diverted £350,000 to a new type of small grant, Sustaining Engagement with Collections, which will offer one-off grants of up to £30,000 for projects of up to a year.

It is expected that 12 to 15 organisations will receive funding to explore different ways of engaging with collections while physical access is not available or is severely limited due to the coronavirus/COVID-19 lock down.

Museums and galleries in the UK can apply.

Eligible applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Museum-sector applicants should be members of the Museums Association.

  • Applicants, or one applicant in a partnership, are normally expected to be accredited (or working towards this). However, occasional exceptions may be made for organisations that are not accredited museums but whose activities are based on the care and interpretation of collections of historical, artistic or scientific interest, provided they are in the public sector or have charitable status.

  • Applicants must have a safeguarding policy to protect people with whom they work.

Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund funding may form part or all the funding for a single project.

The deadline for applications is 26 May 2020 (17:00).

How To Apply

The deadline for applications is 26 May 2020 (17:00).

An application form is available to download from the Museums Association website, which should be submitted by email to Jacqui Buscher at [email protected] and copied to [email protected].

Before submitting their application, applicants are encouraged to contact Sarah Briggs or Sally Colvin at the Museums Association for an informal chat to discuss their ideas.

Successful applicants will be informed during the week commencing 15 June 2020.

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